Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

GGG equals record after second round KO

GGG equals record after second round KO

In the main event middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin looks to defend his championship for a record-tying 20th consecutive time against Vanes Martirosyan in a 12-round bout.

Well, that didn't take long.

Vanes Martirosyan: "I'm OK and better now". After losing the venue in Las Vegas, and watching at least two potential opponents fall through, Golovkin and Martirosyan agreed to meet on short notice.

Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs), 35, a Kazakhstan native fighting out of Santa Monica, California, started quickly, firing right hands and jabs down the middle and backing Martirosyan up as the crowd of 7,837 broke into the chant of "Triple G!"

It wasn't the showdown with Canelo Alvarez that everyone anticipated but with the challenge in front of him that was presented, Triple G did a good job at reminding the world exactly how brutal he can be.

Earlier this week, Golovkin said he wasn't sure if he would face Alvarez again because he is still angry about the failed tests and because Alvarez has not enrolled in a testing program since the fight was canceled. He surprised me. What a hell of a fighter he is.

"Knowing that and knowing other things about the other side there is a question mark about whether there will be a fight in September or not".

However, the second round was one way traffic, as Golovkin unleashed a succession of rapid fire punches.

When the Nevada Athletic Commission finally handed down Alvarez's six-month suspension last month, it was already clear Golovkin would have to wait for their fight.

Golovkin said he would take on all comers, including Alvarez.

Of course, that did not happen due to a doping violation from Canelo.

He meant to spend it under Las Vegas' brightest lights as he proved his middleweight supremacy in a lucrative rematch with Canelo Alvarez.

Vanes can pull off the upset if Golovkin is not familiar with his style, it would take the ideal gameplan and boxing IQ to dethrone fighter of Golovkin's caliber.

Golovkin had no choice but to win impressively because at his age, people are starting to think that he has lost a bit of his power, a natural phenomenon when boxers start hitting their late 30s. I had all my belts.

Even when ignoring the Alvarez situation causing a massive change for Golovkin's May 5 plans, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of news that will have lasting effects in the middleweight division for the next year, the biggest of which involves the ongoing saga between Golovkin and his status as the IBF middleweight world champion.

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